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Released: 17.06.22








Glasgow’s Baby Stranges sophomore album, World Below, starts quite strong. Dark vocals, along with an anthemic electric guitar, gives this album a dynamic opening. Beating In Time features melodies and bass work akin to the new wave of British post-punk. But as the album continues, it feels less like an artistic decision. Yes, the structure of each song follows the cliches of the genre, but it is purely mimical.

The album never seems sure as to which genre it wants to stay in – the anthemic indie rock the band are known for, or the new popular post-punk sound. Plenty of the tracks showcase the energy that I believe would make them an experience to see live, but the studio versions could benefit from having a little more depth, feeling more as a collection of fillers over true artistic expression – as such with the repetitive Higher.


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